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the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> pelley: tonight, from paris, the manh . the search is on for a second terrorist who got away. france launches more bombing raids against isis. secretary kerry tells us the u.s. and russia may join forces against the terror group. and how do you explain evil to the most innocent among us? a dad's tender words of wisdom. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from paris. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the president of france ordered a third round of attacks on isis targets in syria tonight. inspired, he says, by the faces that don't leave his mind.
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the faces of the 129 killed in the terror attacks, most of them under the age of 30. youth, he said, in all its diversity. the violinist from algeria, studying music at the sorbonne. the french advertising executive who once attended the university of north texas. the architect from germany. the romanians who immigrated to paris to find a better life and found each other. tonight, france celebrates who they were and weeps for what they might have been. the search for the terrorists widened today, and elizabeth palmer is following the investigation. liz. >> reporter: scott, the police say that tonight they're look for a second man who got away. that would make him the ninth terrorist, and they say they spotted him inside a car on surveillance camera video very near the place where the clients of the restaurants and cafes were gunned down. first, a police robot moved in
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to examine this car abandoned on a paris street. then an officer broke in, searching for links to the terrorists. police are scouring europe for evidence that might lead them to salah abdeslam, the attacker who got away. but in brussels, his brother mohammed appealed to him directly. "my advice to him is to turn himself in to the police," he said, "so justice can shed light on what happened." at this hotel in the paris suburbs, another piece of the puzzle fell into place. it's where salah abdeslam and his co-conspirators are believed to have spent the two days before the attacks. police discovered it and dusted it for fingerprints on the weekend. when salah abdeslam reserved two rooms in this hotel, he did it with his own credit card and he used his own name, which suggests he wasn't the least bit concerned about leaving a trail for investigators. knowing what they were about to do, he probably didn't think he'd survive.
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and it's unclear why he did. but incredibly, in the pandemonium following the massacre, he called some friends to come and pick him up. they drove him back to belgium, where he vanished. the police have also asked for help in identifying this man, one of the suicide bombers at the football stadium who came to france on a false syrian passport with a fake name. the picture, though, is accurate, and so the police say somebody's got to know who he is. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer, thank you, liz. in belgium, the hunt is focused on molenbeek, a suburb of brussels, there was a raid there tonight and allen pizzey is there. >> police say the operation tonight was not directly targeting anyone in the paris attacks. but it's clear they're intent on not letting anything slip through the net. they closed this bar for drug offenses three weeks ago, and now one of the owners, salah abdeslam, is the subject of an international arrest warrant for the paris attacks.
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his older brother was a suicide bomber there. this woman, who only agreed to talk if her identity and voice were heavily disguised, knew them well. "there is no way i would have thought they were terrorists," she said. "quite the opposite. they ran a cafe where drugs were taken. they defended women who were dressed provocatively." how do they go from that to launching a terrorist attack? the suburb of molenbeek with it's mix of languages and cultures, is opaque to outsiders, a place where strangers and police are viewed with suspicion. it also has connections to many of the major terrorist attacks in europe. the gunmen in the "charlie hebdo" massacre are believed to have bought guns here. so is the man who attacked the belgium jewish museum. and a gunman who was stopped by three americans for murdering passengers on a high-speed train to paris lived here for a while. for the police, figuring out how and why molenbeek breeds extremists is as important as tracking them down and in the
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case of ones who committed the paris massacres, perhaps even harder. >> pelley: allen pizzey, in belgium, thank you, allen. tonight, the u.s. is working to put together a military alliance with russia and france in the war on isis in its syrian homeland. secretary of state john kerry told us he can foresee u.s. and russian forces fighting alongside one another. kerry visited french president francois hollande today. hollande will meet in washington with president obama next week, and then with russian president putin. after meeting hollande today, kerry sat down with us. he calls isis by its arabic acronym, daesh. >> the basic strategy of destroying daesh's center, its core, which is what we did with al qaeda, is working, and al qaeda was diminished as an entity that had the ability to do what it did in 9/11 through the protracted effort in afghanistan and pakistan and
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elsewhere, in the arabian peninsula. and daesh sort of filled their void. >> pelley: we did that. >> now we have to do it to daesh. >> pelley: we did that with an enormous land invasion of afghanistan. you know better than anyone that never in history has an air campaign accomplished the goals that you just set out in this interview. >> correct, and there's no pretense here. president obama has never suggested. >> pelley: how do you root them out of syria? >> one of the lessons of iraq is it doesn't have to be american soldiers who are on the ground in order to be able to fight the fight. it may take a little longer. it's tougher. who knows? but if we don't empower them to have the control over their communities, then when you leave, daesh will move right back in. >> pelley: after paris, the question becomes do we have time to wait for that strategy to work, before we see this kind of thing in the united states? >> we are doing everything possible within the framework of homeland security, and what we
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worry about is that for terrorists, if you're willing to die-- you want to strap a suicide vest around yourself and you want to walk into a crowd and blow yourself up-- you can choose almost anywhere to go do that. and everybody else who is in law enforcement trying to prevent it has to get every single thing right all the time, 24/7, 365. that's a much tougher task. >> pelley: secretary of state john kerry earlier today. one day before the paris attacks, isis struck in lebanon, which is bursting with syrian refugees. twin suicide bombings in beirut killed 43 and wounded more than 200. the victims were mostly from the shiite branch of islam. isis is the sunni branch. holly williams is following this from turkey. holly, how significant was that attack in lebanon? >> reporter: scott, it was very significant. lebanon has been a war-torn country, but this was the worst terror attack in the capital
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beirut in many years, and it comes at a time when lebanon is especially fragile and the civil war raging just across the border in syria has played into those tensions, destabilizing lebanon. on top of that, lebanon, which has a population of around four million people, has had an influx of over a million syrian refugees since the civil war began. >> pelley: paris has demanded the world's attention, but it's been at the expense of coverage like the story in lebanon. >> reporter: well, scott, that's true. and there's been a lot of criticism on social media coming from inside lebanon and other middle eastern countries asking why there wasn't more coverage of the attack in beirut. and some people have said that it was racist, that what the western media was effectively saying is that european lives matter more than arab lives. and, scott, there is one very important point which is sometimes forgotten but which we
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have made before and it's this: isis has killed many more muslims than it has members of any other religious group, including christians. >> pelley: holly williams in turkey for us tonight. holly, thank you. isis has already claimed responsibility for blowing up the russian jetliner over egypt. well, today, the russians confirmed it was a bomb with a force equivalent to about two pounds of t.n.t. that brought the plane down. 224 were killed, mostly vacationing families. in retaliation today, russia fired cruise missiles from ships in the mediterranean and dropped bombs from planes on isis targets in syria. major american cities have been tightening security, and here is our homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: around pennsylvania avenue in washington, it's not just the white house that is a potential terrorist target. it's also the restaurants, coffee shops, and public
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squares. the area has tight security, but even at midday, we didn't see any police presence. former assistant f.b.i. director ron hosko. >> there are simply not enough police, law enforcement on duty, off duty, hired security to cover every potential gathering spot where americans enjoy their liberty. >> reporter: in los angeles, deputy police chief michael downing says since the paris attacks, the l.a.p.d. has increased patrols and is working with the community to step up awareness around soft targets. >> there are 45,000 private security guards in the los angeles area alone. there's 10,000 l.a.p.d. when you combine that with community members that are interested as well, we have some good leverage. >> reporter: but law enforcement officials say the best way to stop a suicide attack is having the right intelligence, and once an attack is under way, cutting down on the response time is key.
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that involves active shooter training developed after the columbine school massacre. move in and immediately neutralize the threat. but hosko says even a huge show of force may not be enough. >> is that going to stop a determined terrorist who sees only one thing-- jihad and martyrdom and mass carnage? i don't know that it's been known to stop that. >> reporter: it is not just los angeles that's relying on private security guards. scott, we also spoke with philadelphia's police commissioner who says they are as well. >> pelley: jeff pegues reporting. jeff, thank you. today, the republican leaders of the house and senate called on the president to stop accepting syrian refugees. we have more on that from our congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> it strikes me that we need to pause or a moratorium. >> reporter: it's no longer just the republican rank and file. senate leader mitch mcconnell
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and house speaker paul ryan both called for a halt today to the refugee program. >> this is a moment where it's better to be safe than to be sorry. >> reporter: but the administration isn't wavering from its plan to let in 10,000 syrians over the next year. white house officials insisted today one-on-one interviews are conducted with each potential refugee, something that didn't happen when the refugees arrived in europe earlier this year. officials add that just 2% of the 2,300 syrians let in so far are single males of combat age. wi frankly, there are probably greater risks with passport- holding europeans. >> reporter: adam schiff is the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. what's wrong with taking a brief pause to make sure that the refugee program is as safe as possible? >> a refugee who is trying to
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come and find solace here in the united states now, it's still going to be a year and a half before they get through the process. so adding further delay to that i don't think makes sense. >> reporter: but 27 of the nation's governors now say they'll try to deny refugees resettlement assistance. robert bentley is alabama's governor. >> we're not going to allow them into the state of alabama. >> reporter: white house officials are holding a conference call with governors tonight while the f.b.i. director briefs members of congress here on capitol hill. it is a full court press from an administration, scott, that has been criticized abroad for not taking in more refugees. >> pelley: nancy cordes on the story in washington. nancy, thank you. there's also breaking news tonight in the presidential race. republican bobby jindal, the governor of louisiana, is dropping out. jindal never got out of single digits in the polls. still ahead, the hunt for isis in iraq when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> pelley: isis has captured much of syria >> pelley: isis has captured much of syria and iraq already, and it's using terrorism to expand its reach in those countries. charlie d'agata went along as kurdish troops hunted for isis sleeper cells in northern iraq. >> reporter: on the outskirts of kirkuk, the anti-terror squad hoped to find four isis suspects. they've been under surveillance for a while. they are considered dangerous, and they don't know what to expect once they get there. the men spread out and surrounded the house. then they burst through the gate, weapons drawn. but it's not until the next house that they nabbed the first suspect, but he was alone. and the only information he would give them was his name.
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general sadar qadir told us the men are suspected of being among the gunmen who massacred as much as 1,700 isis recruits when they overran a military base in tikrit last year. now they're believed to be part of a sleeper cell plotting to attack civilian areas. the next location was a warehouse. men were ordered to face the wall and squat on the ground. back at the base, the general told us the tragic events in paris just showed that isis is a global enemy. "it's very sad," he said. "but there have been days where seven car bombs went off in kirkuk, and hundreds were killed, just like france." and although they captured two isis suspects overnight, there are now two more on the run. these squads are out there day and night, scott, and the general told us because it is the aim of the terrorists to
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>> pelley: back >> pelley: back home, storms are heading east tonight through arkansas, louisiana, and mississippi. the system spun off tornadoes yesterday, four in the texas panhandle. as many as ten in kansas where a number of homes were destroyed. and a fierce snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in kansas and colorado. there was a bomb scare at a soccer stadium in germany today. turned out to be a false alarm, but the match between germany and the netherlands was canceled. soccer was played in london as two rivals stood together. here's mark phillips. >> viva la france! >> reporter: when is a game more
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than a game? when the visiting team's anthem is the theme song of the night. when the national stadium of england is decorated in the colors and slogan of the old sporting enemy, france. when the game comes just four days after suicide bombers tried to blow themselves up in the crowd during another game in paris. but had to settle for detonating outside when they couldn't get in. when two members of the french team were directly affected by the attacks, lassana diara's cousin was killed. antoine griezmann's sister escaped from the bataclan hall massacre. when the heaviest security s seody can remember is set up around the stadium. it was the french who said they wanted this game to go ahead. the english not only agreed. they turned it into an exercise in solidarity. >> we here to support england, we're here to support france. we're here to say yes to peace and no to terror.
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>> reporter: and when it was time for the anthems, instead of a competition between rivals, there was a singalong, the words to the french "marseillaise" put up on the scoreboard so the english fans could join in. and those two century-old french revolutionary lyrics about resistance to invasion and blood flowing seemed as relevant now as when they were written. the anthem's message of historic defiance resonates today and not just in france. the challenge, though, is how to turn that defiance into effective international action. but what mattered here was the sentiment. >> i cried, like, for two days, and i was dispirited. and now i'm here to support my country. and know that every country are behind us in this situation. >> reporter: the score in the game, 2-0, england. nobody cared. mark phillips, cbs news, london.
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>> pelley: he feels better, and that you can read in his face. that's the cbs evening news from paris. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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we'll either fight them there or we'll fight them here. i don't think it's working what we're doing. >> new at 6:00, california senator dianne feinstein calling for a new strategy against isis. her split with president obama. good evening. senator feinstein is the ranking democrat on the senate intelligence committee. >> as allen martin shows us, she is now the newest critic of the president's strategy for defeating isis. >> reporter: the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. >> i don't see the strategy working. i believe they have and expanding capability. >> reporter: tonight senator dianne feinstein says paris was
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the turning point. >> these attacks have changed my view. >> reporter: with a call for a chang of strategy. >> we have done 8,000 bombing runs in iraq and syria. and they are still expanding. they are still attacking. >> reporter: and this isn't the first time feinstein has offered this kind of criticism. here she is talking about the president's isis strategy in august of last year. >> i have learned one thing about this president. and that is, he is very cautious. maybe in this instance, too, cautious. >> reporter: but today, she directly challenged the president's reluctance to engage isis with ground forces. using a familiar rationale long touted by republicans. >> we'll either fight them there or we're going to fight them here. >> that's the best way to prevent attacking us here is to fight them there. >> reporter: as to what fighting them there
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